j1 visa waiver

An Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) participant may be given a Waiver of the 2-Year Home Residency on the Basis of the No Objection Statement (NOS) issued by the Philippine Government.

The EVP Committee shall process NOS requests from applicants in the following cases, provided that the exchange program was not funded wholly or in part by any agency of the Philippine Government, or any public or private educational or other institution in the Philippines, and that the participant has no outstanding financial or service obligations with any government agency, or any public or private institution in the Philippines:

    • The skill/profession of the exchange visitor participant is not in the Skills List of the Philippines;
    • The applicant is married to a US citizen or legal permanent resident, or has a minor child who is a US citizen residing in the United States;
    • The applicant is a religious worker (priest, nun, missionary) in a recognized religious denomination; and
    • The applicant has an ailing family member in the United States and his separation from the latter would cause a severe and direct threat to the life of the said family member.

The EVP Committee shall not grant NOS to applicants who have not attended or have not completed their training programs, unless the reasons for non-completion or non-attendance are any of the following:

    • Violations of the participant’s recognized rights by training institution or sponsor, as proven by supporting documents; and
    • Cancellation, suspension, or termination of the training program for causes not attributable to the applicant (As amended by EVP Resolution 02-2003).

Please visit the EVP Committee website at www.evpcommittee.ph for  information about requirements and procedures in applying for a waiver of the two-year home residency requirement through the No Objection Statement (NOS) from the Philippine Government.